Yesterday, this blog turned five. As in five years old. As in HALF A DECADE!
Way back when I first had the inclination to start a blog, I don't think I ever imagined how positively my life would be impacted by sharing my running adventures with the internet.
When I started writing in 2013, I was a relatively new runner on the verge of a huge life change. I had just moved two hours away from the only home I'd ever known to live with my boyfriend (now husband) and start a new job that was completely out of my comfort zone.
I was 100+ miles from home in a small town that didn't have a lot of folks my age. Besides Matthew and a few co-workers, I really didn't know anyone, let alone anyone in the running community.
So I started writing about running on this blog. Then I started some social media channels to connect with other runners. Pretty soon I was meeting up with strangers from the internet and agreeing to run races with them. I was making friends and meeting people and traveling and experiencing new races... because of this blog.
Suddenly, Matthew and I had an extended family of runners all over the world- all from this corner of the internet.
As I stand on the verge of another series of big life changes- home ownership, graduate school, new job- I can't help but reflect on how much this blog helped me five years ago and how I can't wait to see what the next five years as the "Sparkly Runner" holds.
Thank YOU for reading and running with me these last five years. I've loved every minute of sharing the road with you. Thank you for your support, comments, and community. You ROCK!
To celebrate Sparkly Runner's Fifth Blogiversary, I've teamed up with Altra Running who has generously donated a free pair of Altra Running Shoes to give away to one lucky reader!
That's right, ANY pair of Altra Running Shoes! Huge thank you to Altra for helping me celebrate!
To enter this awesome giveaway, comment on any/all of the following with which pair of Altras you'd want to try:
- Comment on this blog post
- Tweet about the giveaway (make sure you tag me @sparklyrunner and @AltraRunning!)
- Leave an instagram comment on the giveaway post on the @sparklyrunner account
- Comment on the Sparkly Runner facebook page on the giveaway post
One winner will be chosen at random- the more times you enter, the more chances you have to win. You can tweet every day for more entries!
The fine print:
This giveaway starts today and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 26th. The winner will be notified Friday, July 27th by direct message or email and will have 48 hours to respond with requested information (name, address, shoe style, color, and size). If the winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be selected at random from the comments/entries on the blog, instagram, facebook, and twitter.
Good luck! And again, thank you for reading!